Our children today live in a technology rich world, where they can access a range of resources at the touch of a button. Whilst the technology is a great learning platform, there obviously are some risks whic children and families need to be aware of.
As part of PSHE curriculum, children are taught essential skills and knowledge to stay safe on-line. As a result, we embed the teaching of e-safety throughout the whole curriculum and actively encourage children to practise being safe online.
Alongside an everyday awareness of how to stay safe, the school follows the Mr Andrew’s Online Computing Curriculum which also embeds and instils key
e-safety messages within the context of Computing lessons and every day skills. The scheme breaks e-safety down into eight focused strands:
Self-Image and Identity
Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
Privacy and Security
Copyright and Ownership
When being taught Computing in class, each of the projects being taught covers one or more of the specific strands above and will be discussed with the class. Each child records the main e-safety learning from that lesson in a dedicated booklet, under the appropriate category and then recaps it at the start or end of the next project. To ensure every child receives the key messages, we take a register at the start of the lesson and anyone not present is required to complete the lesson when they return.
In school visual reminders appear on IT equipment prompting the children to recap any safety rules and children learn the 'Think You Know' SMART rules.
Our internet is filtered appropriately via our IT provider MINT, who continually monitor and update blacklisted websites. We promote the use of SWIGGLE as a child friendly search engine as opposed to GOOGLE. Children are actively encouraged to come forward if they think they have come across anything unsuitable online and this is part of their user agreement.
If you have any concerns regarding e-safety, please contact Mrs Ward via the main school office.
We stress that the school must work in partnership with parents around this area and welcome any information that you may have in order to keep all children safe on-line
Age Appropriate Use of Social Media
Use of social media beyond the school day is the responsibility of parents. The school’s responsibility is to support pupils in making the right choices and keeping safe online. When children are reporting that they feel unsafe on line to adults in school, we will talk to pupils and parents where appropriate and if we suspect online grooming is taking place or a child is at risk in their use of social media we will report this to CEOP.
The school continues to provide many channels through which it enables pupils to learn about keeping safe online; assemblies, internet safety lessons, internet safety week events, specialist organisations invited into school such as NSPCC and theatre companies, and posters displayed by children.
The school also provides a wealth of information to parents including newsletters, e-safety information leaflets, parents information talks prior to class assemblies as well as links to keeping children safe on our own website.
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the social media apps that children are using are age appropriate. The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent's permission.
Please help us to help you and your children. If you are allowing your under age child to use social media apps below the recommended age limit then please monitor their use and talk parent to parent if you have issues with your children’s chat to each other online out of school.
Top Tips for On-Line Safety
The internet is a brilliant place for learning, speaking to friends and family, and playing games. However, it is very important to understand how to use it safely and how to deal with any problems you may come across. Staying safe when using the internet and other new technologies is known as E-Safety.
E-Safety is not just about computers but also refers to other new technologies you can use to communicate with other people, such as mobile phones, iPads, iPods, and games consoles like XBOX 360s and PS4s.
Following these rules will help you to stay safe when you use the internet:
1. Never write any personal information about yourself on the internet – this includes your phone number, address, passwords and surname.
2. Only write kind, positive things about others online.
3. Never arrange to meet up with somebody you have met on the internet. Remember that if you haven’t met someone in real life, they’re still a STRANGER.
4. Always tell a responsible adult (like a parent, grandparent, older brother or sister, or a teacher in school) if you see anything on the internet which you find upsetting, offensive or in any way inappropriate. They will be able to help you.
5. NEVER add people as ‘friends’ on the internet unless you are friends with them in real life. This includes on sites and services like Bebo, Facebook, MSN/Windows Live Messenger and many more. These people are still STRANGERS.
Useful links online with information on how to keep your children safe online. There are links to help set up parental controls, and also to help make you aware why children could be at risk when using the internet or online devices.
This link gives you options to select particular devices you may want to protect. For example, if you want specific information on setting controls on a Playstation, there is information with simple step by step pictures to help you do so.
The link below has hyperlinks which direct you straight to the website of the system being used, for example if you select Playstation 3, it will direct you to the parental controls section of the Sony Playstation website.
Click on the link to the left to access some of the most commonly asked questions.
As always, if you have specific worries, questions or concerns regarding the safety of a child on-line, speak to Mrs Ward, as e-safety lead, or one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads, (Miss Kelly, Mrs Kendall or Mrs White)
Dane Royd Junior & Infant School